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You "Ask", I Answer: Evaporated Cane Juice

Posted Nov 13 2009 10:02pm

[Evaporated cane juice] has the same energy content [as sugar] but its glycemic index is lower, meaning it won’t spike your blood sugar as much. It is healthier.

– Paul (last name unknown)
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The glycemic index is the Paris Hilton of nutrition — it gets way more press and attention than it really deserves.

Firstly, the difference between sugar and evaporated cane juice’s glycemic index number isn’t too drastically different.

Besides, relying on the glycemic index to determine what foods are healthy (the lower the number, “the better”) is not entirely accurate.

If you go by that criteria, potato chips (with a GI number of 51) are a better food than watermelon (72), unsweetened oatmeal (58), lentils (52), or kidney beans (52).

The glycemic index is an important tool for people living with diabetes, whose blood sugar needs to be meticulously controlled.

However, it should not be used to determine healthy vs. unhealthy foods.

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